Preventative Maintenance for Drain Clogs
In order to save yourself time, money and headaches, there are household items you can use to prevent clogs in your drains before they become a problem. Used regularly, they can help keep your drain free of obstructions and your water flowing freely.
If you already have a clog, these items could possibly work depending on how serious the problem is, but they will take longer than chemical drain cleaners to work. The best thing to do is to see if you can remove the clog easily before calling in a professional plumber.
Prevent Clogged Drains with Baking Soda
The most common household drain clog remedy is mixing a cup of baking soda with a cup of apple cider vinegar and pouring it down the drain followed by plenty of hot water. It will fizz immediately, so pour it down the drain as quickly as possible. Doing this routinely will keep minor blockages out of your drains.
You can also mix half a cup of baking soda with half a cup of salt followed by flushing with hot water. The combination of the baking soda, salt and hot water will produce a chemical reaction that should remove routine obstructions. For the kitchen, you can substitute lemon juice for vinegar to mix with backing soda for a better smell. Lemon juice is more expensive than apple cider vinegar, but many people dislike the smell of vinegar and it might make more sense to use lemon juice in areas where you prepare food.
Prevent Clogged Drains with Boiling Water
If you don’t have baking soda around the house, simply pouring a pan of boiling water down your drain regularly is often enough to clear solidified fats and oils from building up in your pipes. Care should be taken to pour the water directly into the drain to prevent damaging porcelain or plastic fixtures.
Prevent Clogged Drains with Wet/Dry Vacuum
The wet/dry shop vacuum in your garage can be a good way to suck up items collecting in your drain over time. Set the vacuum to the wet setting, create a seal over the drain and set the vacuum to the highest setting. Doing this can pull out grease, fats and oils building up in your pipes that will eventually cause clogs.
Keep Food Items Out of Your Drain
Pouring grease or food items down your drains is like asking for clogged pipes. It’s tempting to put things like coffee grounds, fruit peels and other kitchen scraps in the sink thinking the garbage disposal will handle them.
The problem with that is your garbage disposal doesn’t make these items disappear. They still have to travel through your pipes to exit your water system and will often become lodged deep in your pipes where they will collect and start to block your water flow. Make sure you put these items in the trash or dispose of them properly.
With routine maintenance you can help prevent a drain clog from being the reason you have to spend time and money call a plumber. But if your water lines are clogged and no remedy is working, call the experts here at Reddi Plumbing for immediate assistance.Previous: Why is the Water from My Faucet a Strange Color? Next: Problems and Solutions for Hard Water Buildup